Tuesday, January 01, 2013
2012 final stats…..the races are from memory, there were probably more.
Count: 164 Activities
Distance: 964.40 mi
Time: 149:49:28 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 14,080 ft
Avg Speed: 6.4 mph
Avg HR: 155 bpm
Avg Run Cadence: 82 spm
Calories: 119,378 C
Avg Distance: 5.88 mi
I lost my thumb drive that had my race schedule, pictures and my life on it.. :-( …..but I think there were
1 full marathon
5 half marathons
2 – 15k’s
4 – 10ks
1 – 4 miler
1 – 5 miler
1 – 223 miler (ok, this was the Capital to Coast relay, lol)
Saturday, December 29, 2012
This was originally posted on my personal blog, but felt I needed to share
Steps in the right direction
Dec 28th, 2012
Today is my 3rd anniversary of the day I start my journey. I posted a before/after picture on FB with the hopes of motivating others. I got a couple questions in my inbox today that I felt were blog worthy. I’m sure there were others who thought about these questions, but didn’t have the nerve to ask, THAT’S OK! I hope that by sharing this we might reach another person or two.
Here is one of the questions that I have paraphrased. The other question was basically the same question, different words, different sex, but same basic content.
“Jerome, hey, it’s __________. How did you get yourself motivated to get started on your healthful journey? I have become obese and have zero motivation. I have no energy to even play with my kids.. All I want to do is stay at home and self medicate with food. Its been a rough road……. Got any words of encouragement for someone who can’t even face the day because they can’t fit into anything? Lol. Thanks.”
HOW can I NOT respond to that?!?!?!
Hey there – great to hear from you, you are honestly the second person to ask nearly the same question today. I’ll do the best I can to answer. IF I don’t answer….PLEASE ask again….keep coming back…use me to help you, that is my passion and drive in life really.
I was nearly morbidly obese, couldn’t walk up stairs, slept all the time at home, no energy, grumpy, useless is how I felt. Sound familiar? The decision is very personal for everybody and sometimes I think we nearly have to hit bottom before we are ‘ready’ for the change.
First thing I would ask you to try and do is simply narrow your picture a little bit. Right now you are seeing EVERYTHING…life…children….divorce…bills…AL
L of it is totally overwhelming to you. Just like the thought of you getting up and going for a walk, overwhelming to you. (I’m hitting the nail on the head, right?) Narrow your scope a little, try to change the way you look at things so that picture is not so big and overwhelming. Easier said then done and some days will be better than others I know, but that is a huge step in the right direction.
Now that we may have narrowed the picture and broken LIFE down into smaller segments, you can start to think about other areas. Your relationship with food can and will kill you, if it’s not healthy. Our relationship with food is meant to be a healthy relationship, FUELING our body, NOT filling our body. Using food to medicate as you said is a huge problem across the country and is a very difficult battle to fight, I’m not gonna lie. It’s an addiction, right? It’s really no different than drugs. I would ask you to make ONE small change in your diet. ONE small change in how you treat and look at food. Do you plan a weekly menu or eat off the cuff? How long do you think it would take to plan a menu and only purchase the items you needed for THAT menu only? Do you buy ‘junk food’ and have it in the house? What about Soda’s? Do you drink soda? How much, is it in the house? I ask that you pick ONE item and change it. Again, not thinking BIG picture yet, think about ONE small change that you CAN do to create success. Do ONE thing that you can feel GOOD ABOUT not only for you, but for your family
Lastly – go look at your daughter….then go look in the mirror.
THOSE ARE TWO GOOD REASONS TO CHANGE!!!
You deserve to be healthy
your children deserve a healthy parent
your children deserve to have a parent who is ALIVE
YOU deserve to be HAPPY
YOU deserve to have a body that is treated as God INTENDED…… to live, FULLY ALIVE….not abused
Sorry if this went off the deep end for you. it’s SCARY…I know…I’ve been there!
How can I help?
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This was SO MUCH FUN!!
I got to be on SparkRadio with Lily and Karen, such great gals and I had a blast!
I got to share a little of my story and part of my life with them in the process. This is something that I would love to do again! Check it out with the link below. It's only 8 minutes.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Originally posted on my Personal Blog
December 26th, 2012
I started a new job today with DR Horton Homes. Really it’s the same job I’ve done for more than a decade, on steroids. I’ve been primarily an email engineer, until now. Now I get to put my hands in all sorts of servers, apps, platforms, etc and get my hands as dirty as I want……………..well, as dirty as my keyboard will get them anyway.
On my way home tonight I got to thinking about my day. I was SO excited to start this job, there are many reasons why. I was also very nervous and honestly still am a little bit about what lies ahead. The unknown sort of nervous, can I learn it all, can I keep motivated to learn it all, will I want to give up or keep moving forward with this adventure?
HOW ironic is it that this is EXACTLY like the journey I’ve been on for almost three years now. When I took my health back I was excited, scared, worried, freaked out, cool, calm, collected and all of the above happened in the first hour. :-) HOW is it that both the journey from FAT to FIT and the journey of a new job are so relate-able? Because both of these involve change. Let’s face it, people don’t like change. Change is scary. Scared that we will fail…..scared we might not make it, just scared.
How do we know IF WE DO NOT TRY?? If we don’t try in LIFE….WORK…..FAMILY…..RELATIONSHIPS…..what
ever is might be, how do we know what we can and can’t do??
Don’t be scared….just go forth and DO, you might surprise yourself at what you are really capable of.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
December 10th, 2012 was my 2 year anniversary of hitting my 100 pounds lost mark. I made this video in celebration of that!!
My hope is that you will find this video inspiring or give you HOPE, and all that comes with that. NO matter where you are in your journey, NEVER GIVE UP! It is a daily struggle, some days are better than others, but it is a struggle. Is it worth the struggle, YES!! Living FULLY ALIVE is SO much better than what I experienced the 10 or 12 years before I started this journey!
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